Master's Degree: Majors & Admission Process

To be considered for graduate admission, an applicant must hold or be completing an earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from a college or university of recognized standing and have adequate preparation with discernible ability to pursue graduate studies in the major field elected. These criteria are subject to standards set by the individual program areas, which reserve the right to revise or amend their entrance requirements beyond the minimal requirements of the University.

Admission requirements vary by major. Some majors require teacher certification, completion of prerequisite coursework and/or testing. In addition, the GPA requirements for admission vary by major. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the major department to verify admission requirements prior to applying.

Master Degrees with Majors and Concentrations

Master of Arts (MA)

  • Counseling:
    • School Counseling
    • Community Counseling
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Rehabilitation Counseling & Community Inclusion
  • School and Community Psychology
  • Sports Administration:
    • Commercial Sports Administration
    • Interscholastic Athletic Administration
    • Intercollegiate Athletic Administration
    • Professional Sports Administration

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

  • Elementary
  • Secondary

Master of Education (MED)

  • Art Education:
    • Art Education
    • Art Therapy
  • Bilingual-Bicultural Education:
    • Bilingual/Bicultural
    • English as a Second Language
  • Career and Technical Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Educational Evaluation & Research
  • Educational Leadership
  • Educational Psychology
  • Elementary Education
  • English: Secondary:
    • English as a Second Language
    • Foreign Language Education
  • Foreign Language: Secondary:
    • English as a Second Language
  • Health Education
  • Instructional Technology:
    • K-12 Technology Integration
    • Interactive Technologies
    • Instructional Design
    • Performance Improvement and Training
  • Kinesiology:
    • Exercise and Sport Science
    • Physical Education Pedagogy
    • Wellness Clinician/Research
  • Mathematics Education: Secondary
  • Reading
  • Science Education: Secondary
  • Social Studies Education: Secondary
  • Special Education:
    • Autism Spectrum Disorders
    • Cognitive Impairment
    • Emotional Impairment
    • Learning Disabilities

Application Process

Applicants not previously enrolled at Wayne State University Graduate School are required to submit an online Application for Graduate Admission and all official transcripts from each college or university (undergraduate and graduate) attended to the University Admissions Office (see address below). A transcript is considered official only if it is sent directly from the institution where the work was completed and bears an official seal. Transcripts mailed to the student are not considered official, even if sealed in a separate envelope.

Office of Graduate Admissions
Wayne State University

5057 Woodward Ave.
Suite 6000
Detroit, MI 48202 USA

Phone: (313) 577-GRAD (4723)
Fax: (313) 577-0131

A graduate student in good standing with the Wayne State University Graduate School should file a Change of Status Application in the Division of Academic Services, Room 489, College of Education. Official transcripts of all college-level work, both undergraduate and graduate, may be required; if so, they should be mailed directly to the Division of Academic Services, Room 489, College of Education by the institution where the applicant was enrolled. The Change of Status Application is available online or on the campus of Wayne State University in Room 489, College of Education.

The University Office of Admissions will make every effort to process the application in time for the semester of the applicant's choice. Applications are reviewed by the Graduate Education Office, College of Education, Room 489 to ensure that they are complete and are then forwarded to the appropriate program for consideration. Only those applications which are received by the Graduate Education Office by the application deadline noted below will be reviewed for the approaching semester. Late applications will be considered for the next semester's class. Application deadlines will vary for different programs. Please verify with the Department for exact deadline dates.

General Application Deadline Dates (for most programs)*

  • Fall (classes begin in September) - June 1
  • Winter (classes begin in January) - October 1
  • Spring/Summer (classes begin in May) - February 1

Note: *Application deadlines will vary for different programs. Please check with the Department for exact deadline dates.  An earlier deadline date will take precedence over the General Application Deadline Dates listed below.

Master of Arts in Counseling

  • Fall - June 1
  • Winter - October 15
  • Spring/Summer - February 15

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

  • Fall - February 15

Master of Arts in School & Community Psychology

  • Fall - February 1

Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling & Community Inclusion

  • Fall - May 1
  • Winter - October 15
  • Spring/Summer - February 15